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June Night, Op 51 No 2

First line:
The sunset burns along the hill
composer
1901
author of text

 
June Night, written in 1901, is one of the loveliest discoveries I have ever made in my endless library searches. Its New England-born composer, Horatio Parker (teacher of Charles Ives), was best known at the turn of the century for his oratorio Hora Novissima. Though brief, June Night expresses an almost Wagnerian voluptuousness which makes it thrilling to sing. Venus, in the curled arm of the moon, bends down at midnight to the sea’s strong, throbbing breast. The tension builds up to the exclaimed release, ‘Venus, thou art a light o’ love!’

from notes by Robert White 1997

Recordings

Sure on this shining night
CDA66920

Details

Track 27 on CDA66920 [1'38]

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